As the unofficial start of summer, Memorial Day weekend adventure takes hold at Tahoe. Check into a room of your choice for the long weekend and then check out the happenings around the lake.

Whether you plan to hike, bike, hit the beach, play a round of golf, rent a boat or take a sightseeing tour of Lake Tahoe aboard the M.S. Dixie II or Tahoe Queen, there’s plenty to do and see during your stay.

This looks like an ideal Memorial Day weekend set up to us.

This looks like an ideal Memorial Day weekend set up to us.

The Heavenly Mountain Resort gondola will be open for sightseeing May 24-26, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during Memorial Day weekend and will open for full seven-day-a-week operations for summer on June 13. Check in with The Ridge Tahoe front desk staff regarding shuttle service to and from the gondola.

The gondola transports guests 3,000 feet above Lake Tahoe to the Mid-Station Observation Deck, where you can enjoy stunning views of Lake Tahoe, Desolation Wilderness, and Carson Valley. At the top of the gondola, challenge yourself on the 25-foot climbing wall, designed for beginner to advanced climbers. Kids can play in a safe environment on the Spider Zone climbing tower. Tamarack Lodge will be open for dining and drinks. Or you could enjoy varied hiking trails of green and blue levels.

As above so below: the party continues at Heavenly Village with free concerts, Friday and Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday’s live jam session features electronic music from NVO, and on Saturday it’s funk/jam music with Liquid Kactus.

Stick around Heavenly Village Friday through Monday for the Lake Tahoe Summer Kick Off Car & Bike Show. The event features trophies, poker runs and sidewalk sales.

Like shopping for art? The Tahoe Art League Outdoor Summer Art Shows begin over Memorial Day weekend, Friday through Monday, with the first show of the season at corner of Hwy 50 and Emerald Bay Road.

Holiday weekend entertainment at South Shore includes the Bearfoot Pub Crawl and the Saturday night Club Crawl to all of the local hot spots. Dance all night at Peek Nightclub inside Harrah’s Lake Tahoe or test the waters at the Memorial Day Weekend Pool Party 10 p.m. to dawn Sunday, May 25 at Onsen Beach & Nightclub inside MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa.

Concerts include the classic rock band America, Saturday at MontBleu. Blues guitar legend Elvin Bishop and his band are also on Saturday at the Harrah’s Lake Tahoe South Shore Room.

Looking for laughs? Comedians John Melendez and Don Barnhart will be the headlining acts at The Improv inside Harveys Lake Tahoe.

Art and car shows, golf, concerts, boat trips, gondola rides can all be rolled into one long weekend. How will you celebrate Memorial Day in Tahoe South?

Nestled on a spectacular Sierra Nevada ridge above Lake Tahoe, and overlooking the breathtaking and beautiful Carson Valley, this 11 acre hotel resort offers year-round vacation rentals with panoramic views and luxurious accommodations. Complimentary Health Club, Indoor Sports Complex, Indoor/Outdoor Swimming Pools and Jacuzzis, Restaurant, Deli, Market, Full Service Spa and more are all on-site. Complimentary shuttle service whisks guests 5 miles to Lake Tahoe and casino nightlife.

The Ridge provides a variety of great Lake Tahoe lodging options with choices perfect for family vacations or romantic getaways. Options include deluxe hotel rooms, one and two bedroom condominium suites with full kitchens.

Summer offers an exciting array of activities on property and on Lake Tahoe. Our pool, spa, tennis courts, rock climbing wall and hiking trails are all a few minutes from your front door. Just down the hill are Lake Tahoe’s beautiful beaches, boating, paddleboarding and kayaking

. In the winter our Skier Express provides ski in / ski out access to Heavenly Ski Resort’s Stagecoach Chairlift. The Ridge Ski Shop can satisfy your entire ski and snowboard needs onsite, so you can quickly hit the slopes. We also offer a variety of classes and indoor activities when the weather doesn’t cooperate or you’re not up for tackling the great outdoors.

The Ridge’s expansive property is an ideal venue for weddings, meetings and reunions. We have a variety of meeting and gathering spaces that can accommodate groups from 10 – 200.

For your wedding day we have ceremony sites with breathtaking views and the experienced staff to help make it the perfect day. For your business meetings we have all the A/V and technical resources you require to maximize your productivity. For family reunions our variety of lodging choices and countless onsite activities make it the perfect location to bring everyone together.